S'pore leaders send congratulations

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong have written to Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, congratulating him on his general election victory earlier this week.

Mr Wickremesinghe served twice before as prime minister before he was handpicked by President Maithripala Sirisena to lead a minority government in January. He was sworn into office yesterday for a fourth stint in office.

In yesterday's letter, Mr Lee told his Sri Lankan counterpart that Monday's victory reflected the faith Sri Lankans had placed in Mr Wickremesinghe's vision of a peaceful, democratic and prosperous country. He said: "Under your leadership, Sri Lanka has implemented wide-ranging reforms, and enhanced healthcare, education and infrastructure. I am confident that Sri Lanka will continue to grow and prosper during your new term in office."

He added that Singapore and Sri Lanka enjoyed a longstanding relationship, and said he looked to the enhancing of those ties.

"Our people-to-people links are strong, and Singaporean and Sri Lankan businesses have shown growing interest in exploring the opportunities in each other's countries," he said.

Mr Lee added that he hoped Mr Wickremesinghe would visit Singapore at the earliest opportunity.

Mr Goh, in his message, said the Sri Lankan leader's commitment to bringing his people together, regardless of class or creed, has added positive momentum to the country's reconstruction and national reconciliation efforts.

Mr Goh added that Singapore has consistently supported national reconciliation, peace and progress in Sri Lanka.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'S'pore leaders send congratulations'. Print Edition | Subscribe